One of the most popular regions, in one of the most popular safari destinations in the world, the Okavango Delta is a bucket-list must. Its life-giving waters can be seen from space and create meandering oases within the arid lands of the Kalahari basin. These sustain a high concentration of game and birdlife, which can be viewed from either land or water-based transport – 4×4, on foot or from the famous traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). The Delta is made up of thousands of small islands and waterways with many of the islands operated as private concessions.
The Okavango Delta has a climate that is warm to hot, and it experiences distinct dry and wet seasons. The rains break the build-up of heat in November or December (their exact timing is unpredictable) and come as a relief from the extreme heat. The last rain of the wet season usually falls in April.
How much you spend depends entirely on a number of factors, from your choice of accommodation (ranging from camping to five-star), to the area of the Delta you visit (for example private concessions are only accessible by small aircraft or boat, and therefore more expensive to stay in), when you go (high season runs from July to October), how you get there, and what you do once you’re there. The good news is there is an Okavango safari to suit every budget.